HANGING OUTDOOR STRING CAFE LIGHTS

June 28, 2018

Is there anything in the entire ambiance world that compares to the twinkle of cafe string lights at night? I feel like I can scientifically observe people’s souls brighten when I turn them on during a party.

THEY ARE WHAT I WANT FOR OUTDOOR GATHERING SPACES. And not expensive or hard to install!

I bought four packs of these affordable little gems at target.

Hanging Outdoor String Cafe Lights

I liked them because they were white and the typical black can definitely look good, but our space isn’t super open so I thought it would feel a little choppy and make things more cramped visually. With the white ceiling and white lights it’s just like an illusion that the lights fade into the sky and we are all weightless and carefree fireflies.

That’s the simple low bar I set for ambiance! Make people feel weightless and carefree and as if they are a firefly. And the lights like this delivered.

We ran this outdoor extension cord up the corner of the room. For our method for hanging the light strands, we didn’t get too mathematical. First I decided how many times I wanted the lights to drape across the room. (I chose five.)

Hanging Outdoor String Cafe Lights Hanging Outdoor String Cafe Lights

Using these staples, we tacked the cords up. Once they were hanging, a few adjustments were needed to make the light strand end in the right spot. There was some tweaking to perfect our height and spacing. Hanging them up took about one hour or less.

Whenever bulbs were touching each other or the ceiling we just unscrewed that one. That was handy because a few broke and so I could replace them. That would be my own qualm about these lights is they break very easily, so be careful. I wouldn’t do it differently though because that only matters when you’re handling them to first hang them. Now that they’re up the low price for them being super fragile is not a problem.

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HOW TO MAKE STIR FRY WITH TOFU!

June 25, 2018

IMMEDIATELY I want to say that if you are not a “tofu person” (in some ways, we aren’t “tofu people” and yet I like this) you can promptly do this exactly same recipe with chicken (or any meat). And perhaps you should because you ought to get to still partake and be made happy by this peanut ginger sauce.

But, tofu is attainable and my husband is definitely a has-to-have-meat-to-be-a-meal fellow and he was good with this for a meatless monday vibe. Try it once! See if the tofu world is for you!

How To Make Stir Fry With TofuHow to Make Stir Fry with Tofu
Serves five to six

3 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
14 ounce extra firm tofu block, sliced into centimeter square pieces
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flake
3 carrots, diced
1 cup soy beans (edamame)
1 onion, diced
4 green onions
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
White rice

Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pat tofu dry. Add tofu to pan and saute for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Prepare sauce by blending soy sauce, peanut butter, ginger, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, garlic powder, brown sugar, and red pepper flake.

Add sauce, carrots, edamame, and onion to tofu and saute for 3-5 more minutes.

Top with green onion and sesame seed and serve with white rice.

How To Make Stir Fry With TofuHow To Make Stir Fry With Tofu

HOW TO MAKE STIR FRY WITH TOFU!
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 14 ounce extra firm tofu block, sliced into centimeter square pieces
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 cup soy beans (edamame)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • White rice
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pat tofu dry. Add tofu to pan and saute for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Prepare sauce by blending soy sauce, peanut butter, ginger, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, garlic powder, brown sugar, and red pepper flake.
  3. Add sauce, carrots, edamame, and onion to tofu and saute for 3-5 more minutes.
  4. Top with green onion and sesame seed and serve with white rice.

 

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THINKING ABOUT THE SUMMER OF 2018

June 21, 2018

This post is part of a series I do to write important things I need to tell you about and a mix of homemaker stuff. And let’s be honest, sometimes popular culture BECAUSE I HAVE THOUGHTS. I love doing things by the seasons, so I share one that often. There are some re-occuring categories such as: “netflix-ing,” “unpopular opinion,” “all is vanity,” “into it!,” and “I am not tech-y, but.”

parties, y’all: I bought this group trivia game for our summer parties. Trivia is SO fun, I wanted a trivia set that was just like, normal trivia, not trivial pursuit weird.

into it!: Also for parties I wanted some drink dispensers that were plastic (for durability) but still pretty. And not expensive. Kind of a lot of demands. I found these and have loved.

for the children: Do you shop for children’s clothes on amazon? I hadn’t done a lot, but they have a lot of good stuff that is low priced and obviously the amazon prime free shipping factor. This and this  (and honestly like a million more things I found) are so like, good stylish children clothes! Rare! And I just got this romper for a friend’s new baby. I like popping in a copy of this book for new parents too.

insta life: v v all about the home renovation progress on this instagram account.

I am not tech-y, but: I got a pop socket because I have small hands and holding an iphone kind of hurts my hand. I’m not sure if it’s really doing anything? It kind of makes my hand just hurt in a different way than before. And now it’s harder to fit in my small purse. Am I missing the pop socket thing?

pretty things: All about finding neutral colored versions of utilitarian things for them to be more pretty. I actually don’t mind the classic green hose because green pretty much always works outdoors. But we got this white garden hose and it is really strong and inexpensive.

OH, MY EYES!: I’m only on the computer for a couple hours a day but I got computer glasses and am really obsessed with them. They make my eyes feel so good when I’m looking at a screen. I did the roebling in “amber toffee.”

films: Infinity Wars was amazing and Solo was very whatever. The actor for Han did not capture his personality at all. Or look like him. So I feel like you should have one or the other?

renovation progress: we’re about to start our DINING ROOM and I will explode. I like getting dining room inspiration from great restaurants. This is one.

netflix-ing: Sad a few of our most beloved children’s shows left netflix with the whole disney thing! We miss Little Einsteins and Agent Oso the most, two of our very favorites. I have been working on a post of our favorite children’s shows on netflix. I am opinionated about it.

Organization Nation: This is very much a it’s-all-in-the-details thing, but I have liked having cute thumbtacks for our bulletin boards.

foodstuff: I love this cookbook! I don’t ever make homemade ice cream, but the (low) price of the book is worth it for just the baked good recipes. Haven’t made a bad one yet. If Jeni does it, it is going to be good.

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